VIA Motors Receives $20 Million Contract to Supply Electric Pickups & Vans to Fleets
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VIA Motors Receives $20 Million Contract to Supply Electric Pickups & Vans to Fleets

PRESS RELEASE: VIA Motors president Alan Perriton announced that VIA have signed a contract to build & deliver $20 million of electric pick-up trucks and vans to over 50 participating fleets. In addition, VIA will install proprietary technology into each vehicle that will record and transmit real-time data to allow the DOE to quantify improvements in fuel economy and emissions.

The contract is administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) acting as project manager. The California Energy Commission is also participating the program. The DOE plans to publish the data for use by government agencies, participating fleets and the general public to use to help quantify the benefits of operating plug-in electric vehicles. VIA’s electrified pickup trucks have already demonstrated the potential to reduce gas consumption and emissions by up to 80% on average in early beta testing with large fleet customers.

“Plug in electric passenger vehicles are now becoming widely commercialized,” said Matt Miyasato, SCAQMD’s deputy executive officer for Science and Technology Advancement. “Expanding the commercialization of near zero-emission vehicles to include pickups and cargo vans will drive us closer to our (more…)

EU approves €20.5 million of aid to Renault for the development of diesel hybrid commercial vehicles
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EU approves €20.5 million of aid to Renault for the development of diesel hybrid commercial vehicles


In a press release on the Europa.eu website, the European Union have announced the approval of a €20.5 million grant to Renault for the development of diesel hybrid commercial vehicles.

Renault applied for the funding through the French Government National Loan programme in 2012, to support their HYDIVU project: to develop a diesel hybrid drivetrain for a low carbon vehicle based on the Trafic and Master range of commercial vans. The project was accepted by the French Government in 2012 and has since been approved by the EU.

Renault will carry out the HYDIVU project in collaboration with three other companies (Continental, Valeo and LMS International) and a research body (IFPEN).

The approval has been granted despite concerns that it presents an unfair market advantage to Renault – The EU considered that drive trains for vehicles of this type were not being developed by other manufacturers or by Renault, and would not be without funding of this type.

In the words of the EU, there was a “genuine market failure” and it is “both necessary and sufficient to spur Renault to carry out an R&D project that it would not otherwise have launched of its own volition”

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Hong Kong: 12 Green Mobility Innovations hybrid minibuses go on trial

Twelve hybrid minibuses powered principally by rechargable electric batteries will undergo trials on Hong-Kong city streets in October, with a view to the hybrid model replacing the existing fleet.

Green Mobility Innovations (GMI) who build the vehicles say the minibusses consume a third less oil and produce 70 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than the LPG-powered and diesel minibuses currently in use.

“The battery will recharge when it runs low or when the vehicle is stopped… …a fully charged battery would last 450 kilometres at 80km/h, after which the diesel engine would kick in. That would make the hybrid no different in operation from a conventional minibus, which clocked about 300 kilometres a day” said Lo Chee-pui, director of Green Mobility Innovations (GMI).

Three big operators of green-topped minibuses are taking part in the trial, which will start in the middle of October 2013.

Chan Man-chun, of AMS Public Transport, which bought eight of the hybrids, said the government’s green transport fund paid HK$900,000 for each of the HK$1.33 million hybrids. A diesel version costs about HK$600,000.

Origional story here, from the South China Morning Post: Green hybrid minibuses go on trial this month

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Ian Hobday Named CEO of Green Automotive Company

liberty_logo_140x70pxGreen Automotive Company (OTC: GACR) today announced that Ian Hobday has been named CEO with effect from the 1st September 2013. He will take on this role in addition to his current position as CEO of GAC’s UK subsidiary Liberty Electric Cars and will continue to be a Director of GAC. Hobday will be responsible for implementing the strategy developed by the management team of GAC which, amongst other things, will see it launch a “first-of-its-kind” electric shuttle bus through its subsidiary Newport Coachworks in February 2014. Hobday assumes the CEO position as Fred Luke, steps down from his role as President whilst continuing to work with the company as a Director.

“These are exciting times for Green Automotive Company and our industry, and I look forward to leading GAC to the success I am sure it is poised to achieve.”

“Electric vehicles represent the clear future of the automotive industry and our strategic focus on developing, designing, manufacturing, selling and supporting in this category will be key to our success going forward. I am delighted to have accepted the Board’s nomination to this role and will utilize all my enthusiasm, energy (more…)

PepsiCo adds 20 more all-electric delivery trucks to it’s fleet in NY
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PepsiCo adds 20 more all-electric delivery trucks to it’s fleet in NY

Good news for Smith Electric Vehicles

Frito-Lay Increases Fleet Of All-Electric Delivery Trucks And Rolls Out Enhanced Charging Stations In NY State.

Empire State to be home to 35 Frito-Lay electric trucks, expected to save 63,000 gallons of fuel annually

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division, already a leader in the use of all-electric delivery trucks, is adding 20 electric vehicles to its fleet in upstate New York, along with 20 innovative and enhanced electric vehicle charging stations.

Representatives from Frito-Lay were joined today by New York State Senator Kathy Marchione and Janet Joseph, vice president for technology and strategic planning at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to announce the news at a celebratory event at the Frito-Lay Clifton Park Distribution Center.
Once the new all-electric trucks are deployed, New York will be home to 35 Frito-Lay all-electric trucks, the company’s second largest deployment in any state.

Additionally, the new highly automated charging stations will help optimize the future of electric vehicles. Frito-Lay is the first commercial test subject for these charging stations, which will not only improve how the Frito-Lay fleet is utilized, but also relay important information to the state for a better understanding of electric fleets.
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“PEV sales will grow 18.6% annually in the US” – good news for the Electric Vehicles Initiative targets

The USA is still the biggest and fastest growing plug hybrid EV market, and forecast growth for plug in EVs is also going to be strong according to a Navigant Research report.

If they prove right, it would make the targets outlined in the recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report “GLOBAL EV OUTLOOK – Understanding the Electric Vehicle Landscape to 2020“, realistic.

According to the IEA; Global EV Sales have more than doubled globally between 2011 and 2012, and they set an aggregated goal for all countries with known deployment targets of 7.2 million in EV sales and 24 million in EV stock by 2020.

“Analysis of EVI data show that to reach the EVI goal of 5.9 million in annual sales of EVs in 2020, the 2011 EV market (approximately 45,000) would need to grow by 72% compounded each year until 2020″.

That is quite a target, but the IEA have provided some nice graphs and infographics with data-backed forecasts for each of the market developments that have to change to support it, including…

  • An increase in Research and development as a result of greater funding
  • A continued drop in the costs of batteries
  • An increasing growth in charge point installations, in-particular the “slow-charge” (more…)